ONE Championship 63 highlights: Aung La N Sang's risk pays off

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ONE Championship middleweight titleholder Aung La N Sang took a major risk by fighting dangerous heavyweight striker Alain Ngalani in an open-weight this past Friday at ONE Championship 63.

It was clear Ngalani’s (3-4) strength was an X-factor, but it couldn’t prevent hometown hero Sang (21-10) from locking in guillotine choke to win the main event at the 4:51 mark of Round 1.

The event took place at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, and streamed via online pay-per-view in North America.

Check out the highlights above and full results from ONE Championship 63 below:

For more on ONE Championship 63, check out the MMA Eventssection of the site.

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ONE Championship 63 results: Aung La N Sang wins open-weight headliner

ONE Championship middleweight titleholder Aung La N Sang took a major risk by fighting dangerous heavyweight striker Alain Ngalani in an open-weight bout today at ONE Championship 63.

It was clear Ngalani’s (3-4) strength was an X-factor, but it couldn’t prevent hometown hero Sang (21-10) from locking in guillotine choke to win the main event at the 4:51 mark of Round 1.

The event took place at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, and streamed via online pay-per-view in North America.

The fight had a tentative start, with both fighters standing at a safe distance from each other. Eventually Ngalani crowded his opponent and got in top position. Sang attempted to reverse Ngalani, but the strength difference was a problem. He eventually worked his way back to the feet, only to drop down for an unsuccessful guillotine attempt.

Sang got back up a second time, though, and committed to the guillotine again. He had it tight, and Ngalani was forced to tap out, sending the crowd of Sang supporters into frenzy (via Twitter):

Thaw guts out split decision

The co-main-event featured a blood-and-guts clash between Phoe Thaw (5-0) and Saw Ba Oo (2-2). In the end, Thaw won the competitive featherweight fight by split decision.

All three rounds of the bout were back and forth. Thaw had some advantageous positions on the feet and ground, but was also put in some compromising spots by his opponent.

By the end of the bout both men were utterly exhausted, moving around the cage with hands by their sides. The judges had to decide the winner, and Thaw took the split call.

Complete ONE Championship 63 results included:

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Video: Before his ONE Championship 63 superfight, meet Myanmar MMA hero Aung La N Sang

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Aung La N Sang has overcome adversity in his career to rise up as ONE Championship’s middleweight title holder.

Next month, N Sang (20-10) may have his toughest test yet when he meets Alain Ngalani (3-3) in an open-weight superfight to headline ONE Championship 63. Ngalani is a hulking heavyweight and muay Thai champion with some of the division’s most feared knockout power.

In September, Ngalani took just 11 seconds to take out Hideki Sekine at ONE Championship 61.

But N Sang will have his home fans on his side on Nov. 3 at “ONE Championship 63: Hero’s Dream” at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. His fight with Ngalani is being billed as “the world champion vs. the giant.”

Ahead of the fight, courtesy of ONE Championship, get to know a little more about N Sang and his ride to championship glory. And don’t miss the promotion’s look at Ngalani in the video below.

For more on ONE Championship 63, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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ONE Championship's November lineup? Open-weight fight, champ-vs.champ, retirement title bout

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By all measures, November could be the biggest month for ONE Championship, which boasts a handful of can’t-miss fights.

The Asian promotion recently released the above trailer to highlight the November slate of events and fights.

Here’s what’s on tap for the shows, all of which stream as online pay-per-views in North America:

Nov. 3 – “ONE Championship 63: Hero’s Dream” at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar

In the headliner, which is billed as “the world champion vs. the giant,” middleweight titleholder Aung La N Sang (20-10) takes on muay Thai heavyweight champion Alain Ngalani (3-3), who recently scored an 11-second win at ONE Championship 61.

Nov. 10 – “ONE Championship 64: Legends of the World” at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines

The headliner is a champion-vs.-champion bout as lightweight titleholder Eduard Folayang (18-5) takes on featherweight champ Martin Nguyen (9-1). Folayang’s lightweight belt is on the line.

Nov. 24 – “ONE Championship 65: Immortal Pursuit” at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore

This card features two big title fights. In the headliner, women’s atomweight champion Angela Lee (8-0) rematches Mei Yamaguchi (16-10-1), who’s the only fighter to take the champ the distance. And in the co-headliner, 170-pound champ Ben Askren (17-0), who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, fights for the final time when he takes on big-show vet and Japanese notable Shinya Aoki (39-7) in his retirement fight.

For more on ONE Championship 63, ONE Championship 64 and ONE Championship 65, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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ONE Championship 56 results: Aung La N Sang claims middleweight title in rematch with Vitaly Bigdash

Aung La N Sang gave Vitaly Bigdash an early beating in today’s “ONE Championship 56: Light of a Nation” headliner. That was all the Myanmar native needed. He rode the momentum of the early high all the way to the end and claimed the middleweight championship to send the crowd into frenzy.

The championship bout between Sang (20-10) and Bigdash (9-1), which served as the main event of the online pay-per-view card at Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, was a rematch of an exciting matchup from ONE Championship 51 in January, which Bigdash won by unanimous decision.

The rematch didn’t produce the same level of thrilling moments over five rounds, and the final outcome was a different one. Sang exacted some revenge with the unanimous decision to hand Bigdash his first career loss.

Sang had Bigdash in more trouble in the rematch than any point in the first fight. He dropped the Russian with a massive strike early in the opening round and essentially kept Bigdash in a desperate defensive mode for the majority of the five-minute frame.

Bigdash showed inspiring durability and composure, and successfully got himself back in the fight as time wore on. Sang expended a lot of energy searching for the early stoppage, and despite being hurt badly, Bigdash displayed superior conditioning to his opponent.

Sang never allowed Bigdash to run away with the fight, though, and despite giving up numerous takedowns in the latter portion of the contest, his early work ultimately made the difference. ONE Championship prioritizes damage and the threat of a stoppage higher than anything else in its scoring criteria, and while an argument can be made Bigdash’s takedowns would have given him the win under the unified rules, Sang was declared the victor under the given ruleset.

The crowd was jubilant following Sang’s title win. He’s engaged in 50 total minutes of fighting against Bigdash, with a trilogy likely on the horizon. That’s no problem for Sang, though. “The Burmese Python” said he’s willing to put his belt on the line against all comers.

“I cannot do this without God, I cannot do this without my teammates, I cannot do this without you, Myanmar,” Sang said in his post-fight interview. “I’m not talented, I’m not good, I’m not fast. With you I have courage and strength to win a world title. Myanmar, how does that sound? You have a world champion. Thank you all for your love and support. I will never quit, I will keep fighting and I will take on any challenger.”

Yamaguchi rebounds with slick submission

Patience was key in Mei Yamaguchi’s (16-10-1) bout with Jenny Huang (5-2). She prioritized position over submission for more than eight minutes, but when the opening arrived to finish the fight with a rear-naked choke, she did not miss out.

Yamaguchi rebounded from a two-fight losing skid and winless 2016 when she essentially overwhelmed Huang with superior grappling en route to the second-round submission.

Youth can often be an advantage in MMA, but in this scenario the experience of Yamaguchi, 34, was obvious against a younger foe with far fewer fights. Huang made several carless errors in the fight, such as dropping for a guillotine choke which allowed Yamaguchi to get on top, take the back and force the tap at the 4:00 mark of Round 2.

With the win, Yamaguchi puts herself in position for a potential future rematch with ONE Championship atomweight titleholder Angela Lee, who she battled in a memorable 2016 “Fight of the Year” candidate at ONE Championship 42.

Pucci batters Yabo for first-round finish

Jimmy Yabo (5-5) was absolutely no match for Bruno Pucci (5-2) when it came to a grappling situation. The end result was a one-sided featherweight fight and TKO victory for Pucci.

The performance from Pucci was short and sweet. He put Yabo on his back seconds after the fight began, and within a flash was in mount. He unleashed a seemingly endless stream of punches to Yabo, who was simply trying to survive, before the referee prevented any further punishment by waving off the contest at the 2:12 mark of Round 2.

Nyo scores 16-second KO

Tha Pyay Nyo (4-0) remained undefeated in MMA competition with his most impressive victory yet, finishing Htet Aung Oo (0-1) with a perfectly placed punch just 16 seconds into their bantamweight fight.

The win swift and clean. Nyo set his opponent up with the jab, waited a beat for Aung Oo to throw a shot in return, then came over the op with a massive right hand to the chin. Aung Oo crumpled to the canvas immediately and Nyo put the exclamation point on the performance with an extra shot to his downed opponent before the referee stepped in.

ONE Championship 56 results:

  • Aung La N Sang def. Vitaly Bigdash via unanimous decision – to win middleweight title
  • Saw Min Min def. Shwe Kyaung Tahr via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:43 – flyweight tournament final
  • Mei Yamaguchi def. Jenny Huang via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:00
  • Bruno Pucci def. Jimmy Yabo via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:12
  • Tha Pyay Nyo def. Htet Aung Oo via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:16
  • Kevin Chung vs. Zhong Qingya via TKO (knees) – Round 2, 3:37

For more on ONE Championship 56, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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